Wilson Earns Final Pairing
Wilson entered the second day with a one-stroke lead at 66 (-6). She got off to a good start with a birdie on the par-5 475-yard second hole, but bogeyed eight and nine, falling down to 5-under-par for the tournament. Through nine holes, she was trailing Erdmann by one shot.
'I did not feel sharp enough on the front side,' stated Wilson, who played in the final pairing with current LPGA Tour member Beth Bauer of Tampa, Fla., at last years tournament in York, Pa. 'The greens were slower today and I was getting pretty frustrated with myself. I lipped out on a few birdie putts. After I made the turn, I got more focused and committed myself to playing well.'
Wilson was true to her word and wasted little time getting taking back her lead. The 41-year-old picked up three straight birdies on 10, 11, 12, making respective 30-foot, three-foot, and 10-foot putts, boosting her to 8-under-par for the tournament. Wilson parred out the remainder of her round and ended at 136 (-8).
Erdmann, a Futures Tour 2002 tournament winner, entered the second round tied for third with eight other players at 3-under-par 69. She jump-started her round carding three birdies in her first five holes on two, three, and five, and took sole custody of the lead halfway through her round at 6-under-par. Erdmann fell back one shot with a bogey on 12, but rebounded by holing her chip shot from 20 yards on the par-4 380-yard 15th hole. She followed up with an additional birdie on 16 and ended one stroke back of Wilson at 7-under-par 137.
This is an important tournament for Erdmann, who is currently 17th on the Futures Tour money list with $15,099. A win could potentially put her into the top 10, which would give her direct entry into the LPGAs Final Qualifying Tournament in October.
'I was very pleased with myself today,' said Erdmann, who won earlier this year on the fifth sudden death playoff hole at the El Paso Futures Classic. 'I knew coming into this tournament that I needed to win to have any chance of getting into the top 10. I started the entire weekend with a good attitude and it seems to be working well right now. I just want to play one shot at a time.'
Like Erdmann, Murphy was three shots off the pace entering todays round. Her 35 (-2) front nine included birdies on two and six and she turned at 5-under-par for the tournament. Murphy made a late charge with birdies on 14, 16, a bogey on 17, and registered a seven-foot birdie putt on 18 to tie Erdmann for second.
Murphy, a former three-year member of the LPGA Tour who competed previously as Michelle Wooding, stated, 'I left a lot of birdie chances out there and I got a head of myself on 17. I have only played in three tournaments this season on the (Futures) Tour and my goal is to win this weekend. Im trying to be as best prepared for LPGA Q-school this month.'
Sachie Yoshida-Lavoie of Denver, Colo., burned up the course today, carding a 6-under-par 66, which included seven birdies and one bogey. Yoshida-Lavoie has a 36-hole total of 145 (+1) and is tied for 35th with nine other players.
Current money winner Lorena Ochoa of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Christina Kim of San Jose, Calif., are tied after 36-holes with 141 (-3). Ochoa leads Kim by $1,747 on the Tours money list and the outcome of tomorrows round will determine who will place first on the 2002 Futures Tour money list.
Seventy-one players made the 36-hole cut at 149 (+5).
At the conclusion of the tournament awards ceremony, The Futures Tour will present the LPGA Tour exempt cards, awarded to the top three players on the Tours money list, giving them automatic exempt status to compete as full members for the 2003 LPGA Tour. The Tour will also present players ranked fourth through 10th on the Tours money list with direct entry into the LPGAs Final Qualifying Tournament and the following four season-ending awards: Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, the Eloise Trainor Award, and the Donald T. Ostop Series II Award.
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.
Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.
As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.
"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."
Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.
Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.
Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.
But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.
Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.
Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:
Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180
Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70
Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5
Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450
Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200
Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.
Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.
“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.
“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”
Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.
“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.
Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.
Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim.
Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.